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NGC 701

NGC 701, LEDA 6826, MCG-02-05-060, I 62, h 160, h 2442, GC 418

RA: 01h 51m 3.8s
Dec: −09° 42′ 8″

Con: Cetus
Ch: MSA:313, U2:263, SA:10


(reference key)

Type: galaxy, SBc

Mag: B=12, V=?

Size: 2.511′ x 1.288′
PA: 40°

Historical observations

William Herschel (c.1784)

Synonyms: H I-062

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel with an 18.7-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He called it "cB pL E bM."

John Herschel (1847) Cape Observations

Discovered by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope with an 18-inch f/13 speculum telescope. He recorded it as "eF, pL; certainly not entitled to a place in the Ist class."

NGC/IC Dreyer (1888, 1895, 1908)

The NGC calls it "faint, pretty large, extended, very gradually slightly brighter toward the middle, appearing mottled."


D'Arrest, observing with a 4.5" refractor from Leipzig in 1856, could not locate it. He did not observe it from Copenhagen in 1867, where his greatest work, Siderum Nebulosorum Observationes Havnienses, was published.

Published comments

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham calls it a 12.7 mag spiral galaxy in Cetus, 1.6' x 0.5', "faint, pretty large, elongated, gradually a little brighter in the middle."

Sulentic & Tifft (1973)

The RNGC (Sulentic and Tifft 1973) notes that this is a 13.0 mag galaxy. Their coded description reads EL,BM,DIFPERIPH SARM OR FIL P.

Modern observations

Steve Coe

Steve Coe, using a 13" f/5.6, notes: "Pretty faint, pretty small, elongated 3 X 1, much brighter middle."

Brian Skiff

POSS: 10'-15' W of three *s, each sep by ~10' (not distinctive). * 3'


15cm - mod difficult. a 2'x1' streak, predominant elong NE-SW.

25cm - mod br. *ar nuc and elong 0'.75 vnarrow core, halo 1'.75x1' elong NE-SW.

30cm - found @ 149x just N of xi & psi Eri, also 20' W of three m9 *s. 238x:

2'x0'.8 in pa45. mod brtr core w/bar crossing core on SE side. some

nucleation. core sl uneven in brightness. SSW 3' is m14.5 *.

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